Collectible Car Options for 2017

Many people collect cars as a hobby and many collectible cars date back several decades.  However, different cars become ideal each year for car collectors. Collectible Car Options for 2017

Most cars become discontinued and are never worth the time, effort, and money of a professional car collector. However, with each year, some cars are labeled as cars that could be valuable years down the road.

Hagerty, a vintage car insurer, released what 2017 cars they believe might be worth money at some point for collectors. McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, expressed that “the cars chosen have an ‘it’ factor that makes them stand out from the crowd.” We highlighted a few top choices:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

This car was rated number one in the list of “10 Future Collectible Cars to Buy and Hold Now.” Although it’s somewhat expensive, it is a relatively affordable option considering it has a Ferrari engine and what it could be worth down the line. It also can reach 60mph in 3.8 seconds and is well-known for incredible horsepower capabilities.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

This Chevrolet Camaro is ideal for racing with a 640-hp supercharged V8 engine. The Camaro has been collected for decades, and the newest model made the list of potential future collectibles as well. One of the latest (and arguably best) features of this car is the quick-shifting 10-speed automatic optional.

Ford F150 Raptor

The classic “pick-up” truck is a staple in romantic comedies and they are still making the list for potential collectible cars in 2017. The Ford F150 Raptor is the latest version of Ford’s full-size pickup truck with a strong and solid appearance. The first generation Raptor, according to Hagerty, is already becoming a collector favorite.

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

The 2017 Fiat is a reflection of the style that many of the Fiat’s had in the 1960’s. It is a high performance version of the old-fashioned car that was highly sought after with a MultiAirturbo engine. It also comes with a wide variety of upgrades for people interested in them.

It’s practically impossible to predict what cars will be popular decades from now but these models are certainly in the running.

Ford Puts Faith and Cash into Self-Driving Cars

We have written several posts about the concept of self-driving cars and how they will absolutely become reality in the near future.Ford Puts Faith and Cash into Self-Driving Cars

In fact, Ford recently invested one billion dollars due to their unwavering faith in the heavily anticipated self-driving car future.

This past Friday, Ford announced that they are going to invest five billion dollars in an autonomous car startup called “Argo Al.” The headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA., and will also have offices in two other states.

Ford had endlessly invested into further developing cars, trucks, and the automobile industry as we know it.

Ford has integrated their brand into ride-hailing, ride sharing, and even bicycle rentals, working hard to remain “current” in an evolving industry.

Argo Al was created several months ago when two men, one working for Google and one working for Uber, met at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, said that Ford invested in Argo Al “to drive the delivery of our own autonomous vehicle by 2021” among several other reasons.

Ford jumping on board with Argo Al is proof that automakers, along with tech companies, are doing whatever they can to get autonomous vehicles on the road.

Many companies are joining forces to simply make the process of producing a reliable autonomous car easier.

For instance, Uber currently has a 300 million dollar partnership with Volvo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a partnership with Waymo.

The majority of companies are focused on 2021 as the “year of the autonomous car” and with strong partnerships continuously forming, it’s definitely a possibility.

Car Data Becoming More Valuable

Years ago, people used to invest inCar Data Becoming More Valuable  expensive car features in order to increase the value of their car. However, the feature that might be worth the most in your car is something you can’t even see.

In fact, recent research has shown that the value of your car is comparable to the price of the data inside of it.

What Is Data?

According to the lead of the Intelligent Transporation System, Jim Barbaresso, “data is the currency of the digital age.” Come to find out, Barbaresso is right. Cars now come equipped with sensors that are constantly collecting data, and that data can be used to earn a profit.

What Data Does My Car Collect?

Cars all collect data using different technologies. For instance, a car that has a back-up camera can measure how many pedestrians or cars are on the block you’re on. Eran Shit, CEO of Nexar, touched in the importance of cars collecting data stating “By collecting data from vehicles, you effectively digitalize the public space, unlocking potential safety issues, security, and municipal and commercial benefits.

How Does Data Make Money?

Data, in recent years, has earned large companies such as Google and Facebook a large amount of money. They can collect data for businesses, through their websites, and sell the results of that data to that business so they can use the results to make changes or improvements.  The more data a car can collect, the more that car is worth. For example, according to Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates, a self-driving car collects 1 gigabyte of data per second. These cars, in particular, could produce a lot of business opportunities involving data.

What Is Data Being Used For?

Currently, data is being used to create and perfect self-driving cars. Collecting data will help car companies build a self-driving car that operates safely and correctly in all situations. Automakers are, and will likely continue, to sell the data within the cars to make large profits. The industry is doing whatever it can to get data from cars and use it to their advantage. Car companies are eager to purchase data in order to improve and perfect their own models. Many people in the car industry are eager to purchase data and discovering how they can use it to their advantage to produce the next best thing.

Siskin Enterprises, Inc. Passes External Audit, Maintaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification Through 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah – Siskin Enterprises, Inc., the manufacturer of PermaPlate Products, has successfully completed an annual surveillance audit as part of the company’s ongoing ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The ISO 9001:2008 Standard focuses on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus and continual improvement. By reaffirming their commitment to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard, Siskin Enterprises, Inc. strengthens their position as a strategic partner in the automotive industry. Customers can be confident that their needs will be clearly understood and fulfilled.

“Maintaining our ISO 9001:2008 certification is a unique and key focus for our company. It is important for our partners to know that our internal processes are geared toward consistently delivering superior products and a positive customer experience”, said John Nisson, President of Siskin Enterprises, Inc.

Purchasing the Car You Need

For many Americans, car shopping is about finding the car that best suits your family and lifestyle. Most families look to purchase cars with solid safety ratings, plenty of room for the little ones, good gas mileage, and so forth.  Purchasing the Car You Need

Forbes recently highlighted the most practical cars and crossovers for 2017 and we’ve highlighted several of them below:

Toyota Prius V

For many years, wagons were very popular with large families. They had plenty of space and offered families a lot of room for both children and all of their possessions. The Toyota Prius V, which is a wagon-like vehicle, has a decent fuel economy and offers a lot of cargo space with foldable seats.

Honda Accord Hybrid

This vehicle was recently named the Top SafetyPick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). When families shop for cars, the majority of them shop for safety. This car received top marks for crash tests, auto-braking forward collision prevention system, and more. If you want a car that will keep your precious cargo safe, this is a great option.

Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD

If you live in a region that experiences extreme winter weather, this could be a great option for your family. This vehicle has all-wheel-drive and has been prove to navigate easily over wet and snow covered roads. It also comes with plenty of cubic feet for storage as well.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD

This crossover SUV seats seven passengers, a great option for family errands and long road trips. If you have a large family or always end up carpooling with another family, this midsize SUV will give you the room that you need. This SUV was also a top safety pick of the IIHS for 2017 which is always a plus.

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Self-Driving Cars Threaten Bike Riders

cyclists and self-driving carsIt is a matter of time before self-driving cars are coasting down our streets on a daily basis. As companies work tirelessly to produce self-driving cars, they work on getting the cars to recognize pedestrians, birds, and so forth.

However, self-driving cars are struggling to identify bicycles, posing as a threat to the pedestrians that use bicycles as their main form of transportation.

What is the Main Issue?

According to Nuno Vasconcelos, a visual computing expert at the University of California, “A car is basically a big block of stuff. A bicycle has much less mass and there can be more variation in appearance.” Even if self-driving cars do see bicycles, they don’t know how to identify them.

Can Self-Driving Cars See Bikes?

Self-driving cars are struggling to see bicycles. Researchers at George Mason University found that when they worked to get self-driving car technology to recognize objects, the technology could identify 89 percent of cars. However, it could not manage to spot and identify many bikes or bicyclists. In fact, it only recognized 74 percent of bicycles.

What Can Be Done?

Essentially, self-driving car producers have to work harder to get these new technologies to identify bicycles and the people riding them. For instance, Google’s autonomous vehicle spinoff has received upgraded bike-recognition capabilities, tackling this issue head-on. Ford claimed that “highly detailed 3D maps” are going to be at the center of the self-driving test cars they are putting out this year.

Are Bicyclists in Danger?

The short answer: no. Bicycles are fast and it can be hard to tell what they might do next, making them relatively unpredictable. Self-driving cars are struggling to see them but that is something that can be worked on through improved technology. Human error alone results in most traffic fatalities, so self-driving cars aren’t putting bicyclists in any more danger than they are riding down the street on any given day.


Old Cars Do New Tricks

If you have been driving the same car around for a decade, you’re probably starting to get tired of it. If you can’t afford to Old Cars Do New Tricksreplace it with a brand new car, consider upgrading your current car instead.

Technology is playing a major role in cars that is only improving with time, and luckily, you can reap the benefits of new technologies without getting a new car.

Many companies offer “aftermarket devices” which can be added into your current car typically for a low price, and you’ll feel like you’re driving away with the latest model.

Get Pampered

Many cars now come equipped with technology that is intended to pamper consumers. Many cars now come with heated seats, allowing you to ride comfortably in cold temperatures. If heated seats weren’t an option when you purchased your current car, you can purchase seat covers that heat up instead, allowing you to add a little luxury into your car.

Back It Up

Most new cars now come with a rearview camera, which allows the driver to see behind the car in a way that the back windshield doesn’t allow. The rearview camera has become a vital safety feature, in fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is making them mandatory in May of 2018. You can purchase rearview cameras and install them yourself for an affordable price, improving the safety of your car.

Bluetooth Stereo

If you are driving an outdated car, you’re probably familiar with the struggle of finding a radio station that you can handle listening to or attempting to quickly change the song on your phone. Install a Bluetooth stereo into your current car to upgrade your car in minutes. These systems allow you to easily access your music, take phone calls, and display any incoming alerts. The best part of this is, you won’t have to lift a finger.

Classic Cars Comeback

For many people, collecting classic cars is a hobby. In recent years, people have seemed to be collecting classic cars less frequently and the classic car market Classic Cars Comebackseemed to be suffering.

However, car collectors are starting to see that the market is improving.

In Scottsdale, AZ, the most recent classic car auction earned $260 million. The money was made from the sale of 3,486 cars.

The total sum actually increased from last year, where the auction earned $251 million.

The total sum of money from the auction this year was the second-highest total that Scottsdale has ever seen.

The results are a clear indication of the demand for collectible car market is once again growing.

Some of the auction companies present were Barrett-Jackson, Gooding and Company, and ROM Sotheby’s, all big names in the industry.

The auction sold 83 percent of the cars that were present. Although the average price for a car fell about $26,000 from last year, people were most interested in the most expensive cars available.

Hagerty CEO, McKeel Hagerty said, “The rarest and most exclusive cars continue to see strong interest.”

The cars under $100,000 were also being sold frequently, revealing that the market is appealing to younger buyers as well and that a new generation has developed an interest.

Celebrity cars were also up for sale including cars from famous popstar, Justin Bieber and famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather.

Bieber sold his blue Ferrari 458 Italia F1 edition for roughly $430,000. Mayweather did not manage to sell his 2011 Bugatti Veyron because of his asking price, $2.3 million.

The most expensive car sold went for $7.4 million and was a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, sold by Bonhams.

Some other  top sellers include a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roaster, a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione Spider, a Mercedes-Benz Typ S Sports Tourer, and a Ferrari 365 GTS Spider.

Would You Buy a Car Where You Buy Shampoo?

Many people frequently visit
Wal-MartWould You Buy a Car Where You Buy Shampoo?, the nation’s largest retailer.

The United States has about 3,500 Wal-Mart Supercenters and 140 million consumers visit Wal-Mart each week.

Shoppers often stock up on a variety of items at Walmart from shampoo and razors to lightbulbs and air fresheners.

However, people will soon be walking out of Wal-Mart after making a much bigger purchase: a car.

Wal-Mart has joined forces with different dealership groups as well as CarSaver. CarSaver is an online auto retail platform that will help launch this new program in April. AutoNation, the largest new-vehicle retailer in the U.S. has also partnered with Wal-Mart in order to help them sell cars.

Twenty-five Wal-Mart Supercenters in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City will soon be selling cars.

The action of selecting, financing, and insuring the car will all be done digitally in-store, through CarSaver, using mobile devices, websites, 800 numbers, and kiosks. CarSaver will have staff located across from the Wal-Mart checkout lines to educate interested customers on the program.

Customers will be able to purchase a new or used car from inside of Wal-Mart.

After a sale is made, CarSaver will get the customer in touch with a certified dealership in order to help the process along.  Each dealership will be located within 15 miles of the Wal-Mart that the customer visited.

Each time a car is sold through this process, CarSaver will make $350 as a “success fee.”

A “test-run” of this program was done in Florida last spring and proved to be successful. 80 percent of the appointments that CarSaver conducted resulted in a sale. Plus, customers saved $3,000 because they utilized this specific program.

Due to this program currently being isolated to a certain geographical area, Wal-Mart has not spoken out on the program.

Although this concept might sound far-fetched, Costco actually has a very similar program and they sell over 1,000 new vehicles per store each year because of it.

Within the next few years, we could see this option available at Wal-Marts across the nation.

Strangest Car Concepts of 2017

Would you consider driving a car that had a full garden underneath the windStrangest Car Concepts of 2017 shield? How about a car that could play off of your emotions? We aren’t sure how we feel about some of the strangest car concepts released at the start of 2017 but here’s a few:

Oasis by Rinspeed

If want to ride in your car and feel at peace simultaneously, this car might be appealing to you. The “Oasis,” created by Rinspeed, has an actual garden within the car. Trees, radishes, succulents, and a variety of other plants can be found tucked behind the windshield of the car. The car also has a large touchscreen display that would allow drivers to use both voice and gesture control to command the car as needed.

NeuV by Honda

The NeuV, released by Honda, is a dark, sleek, and compact car. The car is both self-driving and electric, and has an extremely futuristic yet simple appearance.  Honda announced that the car can read human emotions in order to provide the driver with a better driving experience.

Improved Microbus by Volkswagen

Most people are familiar with the vintage and Volkswagen classic microbus that was known throughout the seventies. Recently, the company revealed an “improved” version of the original bus that would function as an electric bus. The bus can drive 270 miles with just one charge and is very similar in appearance to the old microbus.

Concept Car, BMW

BMW unveiled a concept car that is supposed to highlight what car interiors of the future might look like. With most manufacturers working to make self-driving cars, BMW designed a new concept car with that in mind. The car that was revealed was extremely spacious and kind of reflected what a small living room might look for feel like. The car had a bookshelf inside, and a large amount of spacious seating to make it comfortable for passengers so they can kick back as the car does the driving.

Taxi’s Face Trouble in the U.S.

With services such as Uber and Lyft rapidly expanding, the traditional yellow taxi cab has been suffering.  The yellow taxi has been a staple for decades in cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. However, the bright yellow cars could soon fade away.

NYC Sees Significant DeclineTaxi’s Face Trouble in the U.S.

In New York City, a city famous for the number of yellow cabs whizzing around within it, the number of taxis dropped to 13,587 as of January 2017. However, there has been about 60,000 black cars spotted in New York City, and over 46,000 of them are associated with Uber or other app related services.

In 2010, before Uber started taking the streets by storm, cabs in New York City typically made 463,701 trips on average each month, earning over 5 million dollars total. As of 2016, cabs are only making about 336,737 trips each month and are now earning under 5 million dollars.

San Francisco Cab Company Admits Defeat

Yellow Cab, which is San Francisco’s largest taxi company, recently filed for bankruptcy which could be a clear indication of the issues that taxi companies are facing. Although the company spoke out saying that a large part of the bankruptcy was a result of lawsuits relating to accidents, many people believe that the company also suffered because of app-related driving services. Uber, as of January 2016, had 20,000 drivers already making rounds in San Francisco.

Why Do People Prefer App Services?

There isn’t a black or white answer for this question. It is believed that people prefer some of the app-related services because they focus heavily on consumer satisfaction. Drivers often offer foods, snacks, tissues, and other “comfort” related items to passengers. Uber also will allow you to carpool and rate drivers to ensure quality.

Will Taxi’s Ever Disappear?

As of January 2017, traditional taxi cabs still do make more trips than other app-related services but Uber and Lyft are quickly catching up. Unfortunately, taxi cab numbers are dropping as app-related services numbers are increasing. It is unclear whether or not the taxi cab will survive long-term.

Importance of a Washed Car in Winter Months

Temperatures are dropping below freezing in many parts of the country and Importance of a Washed Car in Winter Monthsmany cities are covered in snow. With roads being constantly treated, you’re probably eager to wash your car and get rid of the salt stains. Washing your car in the winter is an important part of car care.

When Do I Wash It?

You should be washing your car every other week in winter months. If you are driving frequently on roads that are heavily salted, consider washing your car once a week to prevent salt from building up.

Where Do I Wash It?

If you are going to wash your car at home, you should use soap that is specifically made for washing cars to get the best and safest was possible. Warm water will help to melt some of the grime off of the car. We do suggest getting your car washed at a professional car wash where they are able to wash the underside of the car where salt can settle. It can be hard to wash your car thoroughly at home in winter months.

Is It Safe to Wash It?

Washing your car in winter is safe but you should avoid washing your car if temperatures are below freezing. The water will freeze onto the car if temperatures are freezing outside which can result in frozen water and windows. If you do wash your car on a particularly cold day, drive around for a bit and turn the heater up beforehand to prevent the water from freezing when you hit the car wash.

Why Do I Wash It?

Roads in winter months are often covered in salt, snow, ice, and water. If any of these substances sit on your car for an extended amount of time, your car might start to rust. Rust can eat away at the body of your car and compromise the way the car functions. Washing your car will prevent rust from forming on your car and will help you preserve your vehicle. If you take care of your car now, it will pay off in the long run when your car is well-maintained in the years to come.

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Trends for Self-Driving Cars in 2017

If you’ve been keeping up with car news, you’ve probably noticeTrends for Self-Driving Cars in 2017 d the tremendous amount of news revolving around self-driving cars over the past year. Self-driving cars are still a huge focus of the car industry in 2017 and many car manufacturers are making strides to make autonomous cars a reality within the year.

Volvo Heads Back to Sweden

Volvo is a Swedish-based automaker that plans to release 100 self-driving cars onto public roads in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. They are also planning to release the autonomous pilot cars in China as well. They hope that citizens will be able to ride in the car and experience the self-driving car for themselves to get a taste of what the future will likely be.

General Motors Heads North

GM had 40 cars tested in San Francisco, CA and Scottsdale, AZ. However, the company has expressed how important they feel it is to test autonomous cars in snow. Many self-driving cars have not been tested in severe weather and manufactures must understand how the cars would respond in conditions that aren’t “ideal.”

Tesla Takes a Road Trip

One of the biggest events for self-driving cars in 2017 is happening through Tesla. Tesla has been working to install hardware in their autonomous cars and the cars are expected to become fully autonomous in October. Before the end of 2017, Tesla is planning to have one of their fully self-driving cars drive itself from Los Angeles to New York.

China Hits the Road

A company called “Baidu,” which is the equivalent to “Google” in China, will be putting self-driving cars onto public roads as well. The company teamed up with a Chinese car manufacturer, BAIC, to start testing self-driving cars in 2017. The cars are currently ranking at a “Level 3” which essentially means that they can hire some tasks but still need human supervision.

Would you feel comfortable getting to a self-driving car at this point?

Will My Red Car Get Pulled Over More Frequently?

If you have ever purchased a red car you’ve probably heard the words, “you’rWill My Red Car Get Pulled Over More Frequently? e going to get pulled over a lot” after showing it off. Many people believe that red cars are pulled over most often and that they are an “easy target” for police to spot on roads. However, there are various factors that can play a role in getting pulled over and car color often has little to do with it.

Are Red Cars a Target?

Although red cars get a bad reputation for being frequently pulled over, studies have shown that white cars actually get pulled over most often.  Red cars are very eye-catching which makes many people assume that police would notice a red car before a tan car if the two were speeding side by side. Many people also believe that red cars appear to be going faster than they actually are which results in them getting pulled over often. However, red cars are not pulled over any more frequently than other cars and all of the claims based on that are simply theories.

Does Model Matter?

Surprisingly, the model of your car might play a huge role in whether or not you get pulled over. The Mercedes-Benz SL class, the Toyota Camry Solara, and Scion tC, were 300 to 400 percent more likely to get ticked in a recent study. Most of the cars that ranked as “frequent pullovers” were sports models that are targeted towards younger generations. For instance minivans, which are typically thought of as a family car, are rarely pulled over.

What Do Police Look For?

Overall, police are looking for people that deserve to be pulled over, regardless of their car color or model. Police are looking for people that are not following the rules of traffic. For example, police are searching for drivers that are speeding, that are yielding into other lanes, or that are running red lights. Police want to pull over drivers that are breaking traffic laws. Driving a certain color or model of a car is perfectly legal.

Chrysler Keeping Millennial Drivers in Mind

For parents in their earlChrysler Keeping Millennial Drivers in Mind y-twenties to early-thirties, the thought of driving a mini-van is not appealing. Many parents that are young adults are not quite ready to turn in their coupe style car for millions of cup holders and built-in DVD screens.

Fiat Chrysler recently revealed a new, semi-autonomous electric vehicle that is designed for young families.

What Is It?

The Chrysler Portal was revealed to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car was a huge indicator of what Chrysler hopes to do with self-driving vehicles and what direction they might go in. The car can sit six people all together and it is thought to be a mix between a minivan, crossover, and SUV, making it appear more “trendy” than many standard family vehicles.

What Are the Features?

The car had unique sliding doors, providing an entrance of nearly five feet wide, when both doors are open. The pillar that often divides the front seats and the second row of seats is included within the door. It was also equipped with a lot of technology including interior cameras, facial recognition, and emergency vehicle alert systems.  It would be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, giving an estimated driving range of over 250 miles.

Who Thought of It?

Emilio Feliciano, the user experience designer on the team, said that the team of millennials that designed the car talked to millennials worldwide to create a car that would be most useful for their age group. The car is designed to serve as a “hub for your life.” According to the automaker, the car was “created by millennials for millennials.”

Can I Buy It?

The vehicle was just shown as a concept at the show. Chrysler has actually not indicated whether or not they will make or sell the car. With the car just being in “production phase,” designers had complete freedom to add in any features, regardless of practicality or cost, for the soul purpose of appealing to millennials. The car is not yet a “reality” for Chrysler.

Importance of Car Tire Pressure

Checking the tire pressure of your car on a regular basis is an important part of car maintenance, which is why we recommend doing so at least once a month.Tire Pressure

What is Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure is the amount of air in your car’s tires, in pounds per square inch, and the safety of your car heavily depends on it. Tires are an extremely important safety feature of our car. If tire pressure is dangerously high or low, tires can be the cause of a serious accident.

How Does Weather Affect Our Tires?

Weather has a major effect on our car’s tire pressure and when seasons change, you should give your tire pressure extra attention.

When tires become underinflated in cold weather, they will become worn away more quickly. Why? Because more of the tire’s surface presses and rubs against the road. Cold weather does our tire pressure no favors and results in frequently fluctuating pressure.

However, warmer temperatures can cause tires to become overinflated which makes them more rigid. If you are driving on overinflated tires, the traction between the road and the tire will become minimal, making it difficult to stop.

What Can You Do To Ensure Proper Tire Pressure?

Your car likely came with an owner’s manual that lists the recommended tire pressure for your specific car.  You should ensure that you are following the tire pressure guidelines in your owner’s manual to keep your tire pressure ideal.

In order to check your tire pressure, you should make sure that you are using a reliable and high quality air pressure gauge. Some cars also come equipped with a system that will alert you through a dashboard light when tire pressure is at a dangerous level. Even if your car does come with this system, you should keep an air pressure gauge in your glove compartment to check tire pressure whenever you need to.

Headlights Now a Focus of Car Safety

If you asked people that recently purchased a car what they were looking for during the hunt for their new vehicle, a top safety rating likely played a major role. People are constantly seeking safer cars and manufacturers are being held to higher standards of safety with each passing year.
Headlights Now a Focus of Car Safety
In fact, even the headlights on cars are now being held to high standards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now ranking how effective car headlights are, and automakers are eager to get the highest ratings possible. Many new cars are even coming out with improved headlights to meet the new IIHS expectations.
What exactly are the new standards of headlight safety? The IIHS believes that headlights should be strong enough to see a pedestrian or an oncoming car so that they are able to play a major role in accident prevention.

The organization started testing headlight functions in 2016. They believe that headlights being tested in a laboratory setting do not accurately represent how they function in the real-world. During the first round of tests, 17 small SUVs out of the total 21 tested were found to have ineffective headlights.

When ranking the safest cars of 2017, the cars that earned “Top Safety Pick Plus” not only had to have good headlight ratings, but also had to score well in crash tests. Automatic braking has also become a focus when it comes to safety ratings because it is believe to help avoid front-end crashes.

Only 38 cars won the “Top Safety Pick Plus” title this year compared to 48 winners last year, largely due to the new standards for headlights. The IIHS did mention that most luxury vehicles have poor quality headlights, and the only luxury vehicle that earned attention for having good headlights was the Volvo SUV.

The IIHS confirmed that 38 cars earning a spot in the “Top Safety Pick Plus” does indicate that manufactures are working hard to improve headlight functions on cars.

We at PermaPlate are happy to hear that so many companies are focusing on safety when it comes to vehicle production, and look forward to seeing what safety improvements continue to be made in the new calendar year.

Drive Your Best in Winter Conditions

We have written seveDrive Your Best In Winter Conditions ral posts about preparing your car for winter weather. However, it is also important to personally prepare. From hitting your brakes to turning a corner, driving in winter months becomes difficult and dangerous.

Keep Track Of Storms

Whenever you are preparing to drive during winter months, it is important that you track the weather ahead of time, whether you are driving just a few miles or planning a weekend trip. If winter weather is possible, give yourself extra time. Commuting will take you longer to get there due to snow, ice, slush, and slow traffic.

Clear Off Your Car

If your car is covered in snow, it is vital that you clear it off before you hit the road. You should clear off windows, lights, mirrors, and your license plate. You should also clear off any snow from the top of your car. If snow is sitting on top of your car, it can fly off and obstruct the view of the person behind you. If you brake quickly, snow can fall forward and block off your windshield.

Reduce your Speed

To drive successfully in winter conditions, slowing down can make a big difference. Stay several feet behind the car in front of you. It is much harder to brake at a moment’s notice and you’ll likely slide out of control if you attempt to. Avoid using cruise control and slowly accelerate and decelerate in order to regain traction and avoid sliding.

Be Extra Cautious

Many people drive in winter conditions with little regard to how dangerous it is. Bridges and overpasses will be slick; you should drive slowly over them. You should also avoid passing any maintenance vehicles. These drivers will not be able to see you easily. They are clearing the roads and if you pass them, you’ll drive onto roads that are not prepared for drivers.

Driving in the winter can be dangerous but understanding how to drive in the winter can make you, and the drivers around you, much safer.

Expected Car Trends of 2017

Car Trends 2017With each passing year, car trends come and go. With 2017 less than a month away, the expected car trends for 2017 are surfacing. Technology is rapidly advancing and many cars will reflect that this coming year.

Talking Cars Chatter

Many car manufactures have discussed producing cars that are able to communicate with one another for several years.  In 2017, the Cadillac CTC sports sedan will be able to share information on weather, speed, braking, accidents, and more. Manufacturers believe that the concept of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is something that will eventually be standard on all cars. 2017 marks the start of these cars hitting the road.

Electric Cars Compete

We have posted a lot of blogs in reference to both the success and demand of electrical cars. In 2017, competition for producing the best electrical car continues. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electrical car that is both affordable and practical, threatening the success of other electric cars. The Bolt can drive 238 miles with a single charge and is priced under $30,000 after tax incentives.  Kia and Volkswagen are also producing electric cars that are expected to do well in 2017.

Autonomous Cars Arrive

Autonomous cars are being improved upon every single day. Although they are not yet perfected, many manufacturers are working towards it. In fact, Fat Chrysler is producing 100 autonomous Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans at an assembly plant in Canada. The production of these cars is for Google’s vehicle development project.  Although the vans won’t be sold to the public, they will be tested for readiness and safety, driving many miles in 2017.

Revamping Diesel Cars

In 2016, the desire for diesel cars essentially diminished. Diesel car sales declined for a variety of reasons but many manufactures believe that consumers in the U.S. still desire diesel options. Chevrolet and Mazda will be doing what they can to combine diesel cars and SUVs in the upcoming year to make both more appealing to potential buyers.

These are just several of many trends expected in the car industry in 2017. As technology advances, our cars do as well. Do you have your eye on any new cars or upcoming trends in 2017?

Major Cities Are Banning Diesel Cars

Several major European cities are banning diesel vehicles.

The cities that have agreed to this include Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City. These four cities are among 40 international cities that have vowed to do their part to eliminate climate change. Banning Diesel Cars

Banning diesel vehicles is a direct result of their public commitment.

These cities all experience a high amount of air. In fact, many European cities face major pollution problems. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, spoke out on the ban saying the city will “no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes.”

America does not have a tremendous amount of diesel cars driving roads on a regular basis as European countries do. Fuel prices are much higher in Europe compared to the United States.

Diesel engines burn fuel more efficiently which makes diesel vehicles ideal for European cities financially.

In the United States, gas costs are between 60 and 64 cents per liter. In France, prices of gas typically range from $1.30 to $1.50. However, European cities are starting to believe that you cannot put a price on the damage that diesel engines cause. Although diesel engines burn more efficiently, they produce a massive amount of soot and nitrogen oxides, resulting in poor air quality. Many European car manufacturers have attempted to make a “clean” diesel car but have not succeeded. As a result, cities are simply banning cars that use diesel fuel.

Many European leaders believe that this will not only improve the air quality of the cities, but have a positive impact on climate overall.

This ban will likely encourage people to start investing in electric cars instead which is the ideal.